A near-miss with a developing storm Friday night will bring more wind than anything else to Connecticut and Rhode Island. There is a better chance of a minor to moderate snow accumulation on Cape Cod and the islands. Snow showers are possible in Rhode Island late at night, and you may wake up to a thin sheet of white Saturday morning. A coating to a half-inch is possible in most of the state, with 0.5-1.5″ possible from the East Bay to Newport to Fall River. It does not look like a big deal. If the ground looks wet in the morning, it may be black ice. The wind will help to dry the pavement as it gusts over 30 mph.
Expect sunshine Saturday afternoon with breezy conditions and temps in the 40s. Sunday looks like a nice day with temps in the 20s early, but reaching the 50s in the afternoon. The warm-up continues into next week as it makes a run to near 60 on Monday.
It will stay warm (in the 50s) on Tuesday with more clouds. A front moving through Tuesday night into Wednesday may bring a few showers, but heavy rain is unlikely. Expect it to reach the 50s or low 60s again on Wednesday before turning cooler late in the workweek. Overall, there is no very cold weather in the forecast for the next couple of weeks. It may be in the 40s for a few days around St. Patrick’s Day, but that’s not brutal for mid-March in Southern New England. Snow chances are minimal, but the weather pattern could produce near to slightly below the normal amount of rain through March 20 – the start of spring.